Taliban raids on the landmark town of Ghazni near Kabul for three whole nights and on Sunday attacks on the main office and other administrative building threatened to take over. Referring to a medical officer, Afghanistan's 1 TV channel reports more than 90 members of the military and 13 civilian personnel, more than 100 of whom were injured.
Ghazni's assault on the Taliban has left the prospects of the Taliban in doubt. The Taliban rebels on Sunday assaulted law enforcement and other administrative facilities in Ghazni, Afghanistan, and threatened to take command of the town. The major motorway is now severely minefielded, according to regional legislators and people.
Afghanistan Chieftain of Defence Mohammad Sharif Yaftali said the town was not threatened with bankruptcy and that serious battles were under way to drive the Taliban back from the town. "The Taliban are controlling strategically located and centres in the town, and the Taliban are holed up in people's houses and businesses, resisting," Yaftali said at a press briefing in Kabul.
/Taliban leaders from Ghazni, who succeeded in talking to some inhabitants, said Taliban were in charge of much of the town, after launching a preliminary raid in the early hours of Friday. "The only things in the government's possession are the governor's bureau, law enforcement and secret service premises, and the Taliban are pressing to take them," said Chaman Shah Ehtemadi, a legislator from Ghazni.
Ghazni, a strategically important town on the major road connecting Kabul to southern Afghanistan, has been the most severe strike for the regime since the rebels almost overrun the west town of Farah in May. One of the members of the county councillor, Mohammad Rahim Hasanyar, said that severe battles continued in several areas of the town and that the Afghanistan armed force was in wartime.
Referring to a medical officer, Afghanistan's 1 TV channel reports more than 90 members of the police and 13 civilian personnel, more than 100 of whom were injured. They said there were also severe losses in the Taliban. As the motorway was severely dismantled to avoid reinforcement, the inhabitants were largely blockaded inside, but some who were able to flee across the outskirts of the town said that many administrative structures were in flames.
"Burn, fire and corpses were all over the city," said Abdul Wakil, a native who got away, Reuters said at a check point in Kabul. A series of brief video clips about Ghazni's supposedly socially oriented medias show a series of Taliban heavy gunmen on patrol in the streets of the capital, with a huge cloud of smokes and fires emanating from the cityscape.
"It' s over and the town is occupied," says a man who stands in front of his house, with several Taliban rebels in the vicinity. Reuters could not verify the video separately, but they produced strong comments from people using public relations that underscored the outbreak. US Army HQ in Kabul said intermittent conflicts occurred and US planes had led five blows on Saturday and four more on Sunday.
"Afghan national defense and security services are holding their own and maintaining full command of all centres of government," said U.S. Armed Services spokesperson Lt Col Martin O'Donnell in an e-mail. Ghazni's assault on the Taliban has left the prospects of the Taliban in doubt. A cease-fire during this month's Eid al Adha public holidays had been considered by the authorities to achieve a similar cease-fire during the Eid al Fitr public holidays in June.